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Pieter’s Airbrushed Metallic Blades

Pieter from Arcana is back at it again: these swords were shaped using a belt sander with 80 grit. He notes that this left the surface to coarse and looking a bit pitted. Higher grit sandpaper might leave the surface smoother, and heat treating the foam could potentially get rid of the last bumps, but Pieter hasn’t tested that theory yet.

The swords are first painted with black latex and then sealed using plastidip. After this sealing, the swords were primed for any available kind of paint. In this case Pieter airbrushed heavily diluted silver and bronze metallic model paint. Then the swords were sealed again with plastidip.

Ready for battle

Ready for battle

Another view of the sword

Another view of the sword

Leather frog!

Leather frog!

Matching sidearm!

Matching sidearm!

The airbushed blades

The airbushed blades

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New page up on Fiberglass Cores

Solid fiberglass rods are the go-to core technology for boffer swords.  They are affordable, easy to use, and durable.  We heartily recommend them, and detail their usage in our latest component guide.

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Electroluminescent Wire

Want to see something cool? Pieter of Arcana in the Netherlands shares a successful experiment in Electroluminescent Wire on a larp weapon.

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Inspired by this illustration, this sword is 1.5m long, with two AAA batteries in the handle and a converter housed near the crossguard.

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When powered on, the neon string lights up.

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And finally, a quick video. We’d never seen this done before, it looks like a really neat way to improve a weapon for a fantasy/scifi game. Thanks for sharing your creations, Pieter!

If you’ve got something new or interesting in the world of foamsmithing, write in to contact@foamsmithing.com – we’d love to hear about it!

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Hi-Tech Sword Building for New People

Solusar of Belegarth has a great gallery/tutorial on his blue sword build, with good details like tip-foam teeth, a tip-biscuit, and a non-mushroom-cap stabbing tip. Lots of interesting commentary. We recommend it highly: Solusar’s Hi-Tech Sword Building for New People

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Forged Foam Fries

Forged Foam has a sale going on for reblade kits. If you go through swords like a lightsaber goes through batteries, take a look – five boffer blades for the price of six.

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Warlord Sports on Foam Durability

Sir Brennon Viridian (of Amtgard’s Celestial Kingdom) at Warlord Sports has devised several methods for testing foam durability. It’s a great read. The article puts a set of small squares of Fun Noodle, Drill Spot, Duratube, Aethertube, and MC foams through a series of destructive events and has telling pics of the results.

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Why PVC Sucks

John and I were having a discussion regarding different core materials for javelins. A lot of people, including me, have argued for a long time that PVC is completely useless as a core material for boffer weapons. Not “bad” or “substandard” but completely worthless, put it with lead pipes and cardboard tubes, nobody should ever use it again. Read the rest of this entry »

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